It is probably reasonable to presume that Arsenal fans approached their Europa League draw with mixed feelings. After 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League, they will have felt some sadness at no longer being able to dine at the top table, but many fans remained upbeat in the face of adversity as they took to Twitter to share their feelings:
This defiance aside, some fans were distracted by the constant references to Bayern Munich. After all, the Bavarians have eliminated the Gunners from the Champions League at the second round stage in three of the last four seasons, including a 10-2 aggregate thrashing last year.
There is no doubt that Gunners’ fans seemed more emboldened by the challenge of playing the Europa League than bitter rivals Spurs were when appraising their own Champions League group. A few Arsenal fans were even intrigued by the prospect of playing their rivals in the knockout stages of the Europa League!
Overall, Arsenal fans seem determined to embrace their Europa League experience for what it is worth, with some describing it as a much-needed wake-up call and others reaffirming that the tournament offers a great chance for the Gunners to lift their first European title since lifting the Cup Winners Cup against Parma in 1994.